Alex Rodriguez is 0 for 9 with four strikeouts since hitting No. 499. Joe Torre said it looks like he is pressing, a notion A-Rod agreed with.
Here he is talking about it:
Meanwhile, until the ninth inning the Yankees were 1 of their last 30 with runners in scoring position. It was a weird night for Johnny Damon, who grounded into two double plays tonight after not doing that once all season. The rally in the ninth was fine, but they had five hits against a kid making his fourth appearance in the majors.
Roger Clemens is 3-5 despite a 3.92 ERA. The man will be 45 in six days yet threw 113 pitches in a sweatbox. He deserved better. Clemens has gone six or more innings in eight of his 10 starts and the Yankees haven’t done much to support him.
“He’s keeping us in games and it has not worked out for us,” Torre said.
The Yankees now trail Boston by nine games and Detroit by five for the wild card.
They desperately need a win on Sunday with Chien-Ming Wang facing Daniel Cabrera. The Yanks are inexplicably 2-6 against Baltimore this season.
Jason Giambi was 1 for 5 with a double, two walks and three strikeouts in a doubleheader for Class A Tampa. Ian Kennedy’s AAA debut: 6 2 0 0 2 6. The Yankees would seem to have some good arms on the way.
Here is Joe Torre talking about the game:
Catch you tomorrrow.